Saturday, January 21, 2017

Large Family Recipe: Slow Cooker Chili {Gluten-Free}



It has been a learning process to find recipes that are gluten free that our whole house can enjoy. I try to use as many gluten-free recipes as I can so that there isn't so much work to make meals since there are three of us who need to eat this way.

Today I am sharing an easy recipe that I throw together. I like easy some nights and this one is pretty helpful! I hope you enjoy it:


SLOW COOKER CHILI {GLUTEN-FREE}


3 pounds hamburger (or turkey)
3 large cans diced tomato
4 regular cans kidney beans
1 onion, diced
1 cup corn (optional)
3 gluten free-chili seasoning packets





1. Add all the above ingredients into your slow cooker (if you want to drain the fat just fry up the onion and meat first in a skillet then add to slow cooker).

2. Cook on high for seven hours.

3. Add extra toppings when done. Cheese, sour cream, green onion, cilantro, chips, etc.






Enjoy!










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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wise Woman Linkup!


A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

5 Ways to Pray for Unbelievers




I recently shared with you how I was involved in some prayer ministry in the past and how it really touched my life.

Prayer is so important in a Christians life. It is being able to speak right into the ears of God and knowing that He hears us crystal clear. What an amazing truth that is! Don't ever believe the lie that He doesn't hear you.

I was recently reading about the power of prayer in the following people's lives:

HUDSON TAYLOR


He started 125 schools and led thousands to Christ in China. His children later wrote a book on him saying that the "For forty years the  sun never rose on China a single day that God didn't find him on his knees." Wow, what a testimony!

GEORGE MULLER


He took care of more than 10,000 orphans in his lifetime (he helped to lead an orphanage) and never asked anyone for money. He prayed and asked God to provide and he did. When he died they had found that he had recorded over 50,000 detailed accounts of answers to prayer in his journal. I would love to take a peek at that!


CHARLES SPURGEON

Thousands gathered each week to hear the "Prince of Preachers" speak but when visitors came he would walk them to the basement prayer room where people were on their knees praying and declare, "Here is the powerhouse of this church." Yes, indeed, and that reminds me of when we would behind the curtains while our pastor was preaching--what an awesome memory that I will never forget.

JOHN WESLEY & JONATHAN EDWARDS

These two helped to usher in The Great Awakenings that changed the culture of America in the 1700's, their strategy included preaching and calling believers together in prayer.


THE APOSTLE PAUL

When he wrote Ephesians instructing us to "pray at all times" he was a prisoner in chains. He thought of himself as free since he was a man of faith and prayer.


And we cannot forget King David who prayed morning, noon, and night.

Last week I shared a free printable calendar for the month of January (but can be used any month).








Yesterday the theme was praying for the lost. So I wanted to share five ways you can pray for the lost right now.



FIVE WAYS TO PRAY FOR UNBELIEVERS

1. That they would connect with believers and hear and believe the Gospel.

2. That they would turn from evil and be drawn to Christ.

3. That they would be convicted of their sin and repent.

4. That they would obey the Bible, be baptized, and get plugged into a healthy Bible-believing church.

5. That they would grow in Christ and live according to His will.


Let's pray together for them together and often!


Right now I am going through this book, The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies. I would love it if you joined reading it along with me:




It is a good time to get it because it is on sale for a limited time right now.



The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life.

 Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.

You can find this book HERE.











Do you have any tips to add on praying?

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Friday, January 13, 2017

How to Wisely Manage Your Day



We all get 24 hours and we want to better manager of our time and our homes. How is it that some women can accomplish a whole lot while others seem to manage very little into the day? It definitely depends on many variables and what season of life you are in. One mom's day will be very different that the other and the value of what got done that day according to each family.

We don't want to compare our lives to each other but we do want to be good stewards of the time the Lord has given us.

I've shared about time-wasters and guarding our time before but today I want to talk a bit how to use your time better.

As my family has grown larger I have had my time management challenged on many different levels so I wanted to share a few tips that might help and encourage you. Remember first to pray to ask God to direct your steps and He will be faithful to help you!



HOW TO WISELY MANAGE YOUR DAY

1. Create a list - write down what you need to do today, this week, your shopping list, for school, etc. I like to keep all my lists on my phone so I can pull them up even if I am out and about to refer to them or add to them. I refer to these lists for just about everything (the Fuentes household would literally go down without them!).

2. Look closer at your day -  and divide your time by morning, afternoon, and evening blocks and decide how you will use it. You might need to get on a reliable schedule and organize your day better. Some people are just not morning people and would benefit from something like this. Others do better at night and might do great at this.  Either way, I have found that when I put the day into blocks it helps me to divide and conquer at a more easier and achievable level!

3. Use a planner - to get things down so you don't have to keep them in your head and get overwhelmed. Also look at the year long term and what your goals are. If you have trouble sticking with your goals and really are determined to achieve them this year you would probably be encouraged by this.

4. Practice getting into a good routine--it has been said that if you do something for about 30 days it will be much easier to implement as a habit in the future! It has been challenging for me to fit exercise into my schedule but this year I have been adamant about fitting it in somewhere and now I do it while my 2-year-old is on her nap time. It has been good so far and I am really enjoying it!

5. Stay flexible - don't worry when things don't go by your schedule but plan ahead to know that things can get off track at any time. Trust God for these changes and know that He will help you through them. Sometimes He even allows these things to grow character in us!


This is just a starting point but I hope it will help you to take bold steps in the right direction!


Do you need more encouragement on this topic? We recommend Life Management for Busy Women:




Elizabeth George--speaker, teacher, and bestselling author of A Woman After God's Own Heart®--admits to being a disorganized, goal-less woman when she was in her 20s.

Over the decades, the love and patience of God and the transforming power of his Word and Spirit have taught her the life-changing principles she shares here, including how to...live each day God's way; take charge of busyness and find a balanced life; and be a better steward of resources.

"Just for Today" and "Just for This Week" sections help readers apply and solidify transforming new habits. This unique sourcebook will strike a chord with women hungering to live orderly lives that are a testimony to their faith.


You can find this book HERE.









What wise management tips would you add?










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Feminine Favorites - Cute Maternity Hospital Gowns!

Are you looking for an alternative to the traditional hospital gown when you go in for labor and delivery?

 I wish they had these maternity hospital gowns around when I had my babies.

They are just so cute!



They fasten with velcro instead of strings so you don't get those gaping "holes" on accident!



I love this pink one below--it looks so cheery and doesn't even look like a hospital gown! It actually looks cuter than some maternity clothes that I have seen out there. 




And the darling bow--how can you not love that adorable bow?!

It is also:

  • Makes the PERFECT baby shower gift!
  • Perfect for breastfeeding/skin-to-skin
  • Great for childbirth or routine hospitalizations
  • Models are wearing smalls. They run large!




Motherhood is such a special time and what a blessing
 to be expecting a little tiny bundle from the Lord!

You can view more pictures here. 




They have so many design and styles--but they are only available for a limited time!


You can find them HERE!











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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wise Woman Linkup {& a Peek Into My Life}


A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

I wanted to share more of my life with you so here is a bit of what I have been doing around here:

I started a sewing project on Saturday to make some doll bedding for Bella--here was the fabric I selected. She totally love it and it only took about an hour and a half to make by hand:




There is also never a dull moment with 5 boys around the house--this is my napkin holder with a little Lego Star Wars clone sticking out of it. They are super popular with my twins and Joshua right now and I tend to find the pieces EVERYWHERE!





But there are definitely benefits with having boys--when they have a sweet tooth and begin starving they whip up a batch of these Gluten Free No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.


Aren't they huge? My fifteen year old made it for the first time and did a great job. I could only eat part of it but they were so yummy!


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Monday, January 9, 2017

Stop Keeping Up with The Joneses & Five Financial Goals





"I wasted a lot of last year just spending whatever I wanted. I felt like I was filling an empty void in my life--I would get on social media and see all the fun everyone was having, all the nice and shiny gadgets that they owned, the big homes, the nice vacations, the new clothes, and it left me wanting. Now I am broke and want to change and  start the new year out right. Can you recommend anything that can help?"

Let me just start out by saying that I am not a professional financial counselor but I do know what it is like wanting to learn how to be better in the handling of finances. When my husband and I were a young couple we made mistakes like many couples do. Now looking back I want to make sure my children do not make the same mistakes.

It is so important to keep learning more in the area of finances because there is so much to learn. I had no idea that eventually one day I would have to be in charge of feeding and clothing a large family of eleven and be responsible for how most of how most my husband's paycheck it spent. What a huge responsibility and it definitely requires lots of planning, prayer, and hard work!

Contentment is something that I know all struggle with--we need to learn to be content with God and what He has provided and to keep our eyes focused on what really matters. It is so easy to get distracted, especially somewhere like social media, so if you are tempted there to be discontent, remind yourself of your true goals and maybe take some time away it to get refocused!



I really enjoyed much of Dave Ramsey's financial wisdom in The Total Money Makeover (I am sure you have heard of this best-seller). Ramsey wisely urges us to:

1. Stay out of debt and pay it off as quickly as you can - buy with cash or not at all

2. Save money, don't spend it all

3. Start an emergency fund and then keep it somewhere safe from spending

4. He stresses that the some of the major hurdles are to financial stability is to be in denial and too busy keeping up with the Joneses!

5. I would also add to read up about what the Bible says about money so that you can learn the principals of what God says about it.

Recently his daughter came out with a book on this very topic which I think is helpful as well. Here is a description:


The Joneses are broke. 

Life looks good, but hidden beneath that glossy exterior are credit card bills, student loans, car payments, and an out-of-control mortgage. Their money situation is a mess, and they're trying to live a life they simply can't afford. So why exactly do we try so hard to keep up with the Joneses?


Are we really living the lives we want, or are we chasing someone else's dream, just trying to keep up appearances on social media, at church, and in our community? Why are we letting other people set the pace for our own family's finances?


In Love Your Life, Not Theirs, Rachel shows you how to buy and do the things that are important to you--the right way. That starts by choosing to quit the comparisons, reframing the way you think about money, and developing new habits like avoiding debt, living on a plan, watching your spending, saving for the future, having healthy conversations about money, and giving.


These habits work, and Rachel is living proof. Now, she wants to empower you to live the life you've always dreamed of without creating the debt, stress, and worry that are all too often part of the deal. 
Social media isn't real life, and trying to keep up with the Joneses will never get you anywhere. It's time to live--and love--your life, not theirs.








You can find Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want HERE. 




















I hope these books are blessing to you!



Are you struggling with finances?

What helped you? 

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